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Sunday, January 30, 2011

California man jailed in alleged attempt to blow up Dearborn mosque

I don't mean to minimize the latest attempted terrorist attack in Dearborn. This could have turned into a very dangerous situation. Somebody could have had an eye put out. This is, I'm sure going to get a lot of news time in order to demonstrate the rising tide of Islamophobia in our nation. According to the Detroit Free Press,
A California man is in jail on a terrorism charge after he was arrested in Dearborn for allegedly trying to blow up the biggest mosque in metro Detroit, Dearborn officials said today.

The suspect was arrested in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn on Monday, while hundreds were inside the mosque that sits along Ford Road, police said. He came to the city because of its large Arab-American and Muslim population, police said.

Roger Stockham, 63, was arraigned Wednesday on one count on a threat of terrorism or false report and one count of explosive-possession of bombs with unlawful intent for possession of Class C fireworks, Dearborn Police said.
Class C fireworks, eh? According to Section 750.243a of the Michigan Penal Code,
“Class C fireworks” means toy smoke devices, toy caps containing not more than .25 grains of explosive mixture, toy propellant devices, cigarette loads, trick matches, trick noise makers, smoke candles, smoke pots, smoke grenades, smoke signals, hand signal devices, Very signal cartridges, sparklers, explosive auto alarms, and other similar devices.
As you can see, this is pretty serious stuff. Besides getting an eye put out, think of all of the dangerous smoke that may have been inhaled.
"He's very dangerous," Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad told the Free Press. "We took his threat to be very serious."
See? Dangerous, very dangerous. If the Dearborn police chief says so, it's got to be true.

Even the most inept of Islamic terrorists at least tries to put together some sort of effective explosive device. They travel to exotic places like Yemen and Afghanistan to learn how to build IEDs, truck bombs, underwear bombs, and other nasty things. This demented schmuck had a carload of toy caps and smoke bombs.

I will do my best to take this threat seriously, but it's not going to be easy.

by Cowznofski

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